New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

By Heather Maydak

Have you set any New Year's resolutions?

With a new year comes a fresh start and new goals. Many statistics exist on the number of people who make resolutions - are you included? Our aim at Westminster Technologies this year is to cater to your specific assistive technology requirements.

Look at all the Assessments, Professional Development, and Webinars!

Assistive technology assessments are on the rise – trust us, we know all too well! We contract with several regional education agencies and districts, and this school year has surpassed last year’s record number of requests. Besides third-party assessments, we also provide training for your team to conduct assessments and deliver excellent AT services.

In 2005, DeCoste, Reed, and Kaplan[1] researched the main issues reported by assistive technology teams. No matter the size or makeup of the team, they all expressed similar issues. Can you figure out one of the primary concerns?

If you guessed training, you must be psychic! It didn’t matter the size of the district or organization – training was a common problem. Unfortunately, education organizations often do not provide ongoing professional development opportunities in assistive technology for special education staff. The reason for this might be a lack of knowledge about where to find training. Our RESNA ATP provides customized training opportunities to meet your team’s needs.

Are you struggling to keep up with the vast amount of available assistive technology? We offer monthly device demo webinars. But it’s not always about the devices. It’s also about how to implement and use them. So, keep an eye out for our Webinar Wednesday invitations.

[1] DeCoste, Denise C, et al. “Assistive Technology Teams in Schools: Many Ways To Do It Well.” National Assistive Technology in Education (NATE) Network, 2005.

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